Council Meeting Summary, September 27, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of September 27, 2017:

 Before the beginning: Even before it formally began, Council gathered informally for a training session on Robert’s Rules and background information on Constituencies, the Senate, and the Board of Governors.

CiTR: The meeting proper began with a presentation about CiTR, the campus radio station.

Election Results: Then came the formal announcement of the results of the AMS by-election: Max Holmes is the new VP Academic & University Affairs.  Voter turnout was 12.8%, much better than the 3.8% in the 2013 by-election for the same position.

Old SUB: VP Administration Pooja Bhatti reported on the cost situation for the renovation of the Old SUB.  The project is between $855,000 and $1.7 million over budget.  She said she will report further at the next Council meeting.

Corporate card program: VP Finance Alim Lakhiyalov told Council about the corporate card program which has replaced the club finance software we bought in 2014.

Caucuses: VP External Sally Lin reported that only one person had applied to serve on the Advocacy Committee’s caucuses for equity and student issues.  Further recruitment is underway.

Blue Chip: Managing Director Keith Hester said a revamped Blue Chip coffeeshop, replacing Upper Case, will be opening soon.

Presidents Council: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz reported that the Constituency Presidents Council held its first meeting and discussed how to coordinate first week programs.

Bookmarks: Council received bookmarks advertising the forthcoming AMS history book, The Hundred-Year Trek.

Policies updated: Council approved updates to two affordability policies.

GSS Senate seat: Council discussed what procedure to follow to fill the Senate vacancy for a graduate student senator.

Canvas: Council discussed the new Canvas course management system that UBC has introduced.  Councillors were generally positive about it.

Next regular Council meeting: October 11, 2017 in the Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest at 6 pm.


Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council

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